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Madeleine McCann: Speculation As Fact, Newspapers Speak With One Voice And OAP Dead

by | 18th, June 2008

mccann-europe.jpgMADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann

The newspapers continue to rely on press releases and Gerry McCann’s blog for their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

THE SUN: “Maddie police files to open”

KATE and Gerry McCann will soon have access to police files covering the search for missing daughter Maddie

This is presented as a fact.

Says the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell: “We’ve heard nothing officially, but if it’s true judicial secrecy has been lifted we welcome it.”

So how does the Sun know about the police files?

THE STAR: “MADDIE COPS TO SHOW MCCANNS EVIDENCE”

Gerry and Kate McCann will be given full access to confidential case files, Portugal’s top law officer revealed yesterday.

Portugal’s top legal eagle told them? But how does the Star know?

DAILY MAIL: “MCCANNS TO FINALLY FIND OUT ‘EVIDENCE’ MADELEINE POLICE HAVE AGAINST THEM”

Attorney general Fernando Jose Pinto Monteiro told daily newspaper 24 Horas: “From July, the (Madeleine) case will cease to be covered by judicial secrecy, and will be available to consultation by all parties involved. I do not know which date, but in July the case ceases to be covered by judicial secrecy.”

That’s right – this latest McCann story is rooted in an opinion voiced in a Portuguese newspaper.

Says the Mail: “24 Horas speculated the judicial secrecy will end on July 14 – more than 10 months after the couple were named suspects.”

Speculated? But what of the facts? Well, here they are:

The McCanns, both 40-year-old doctors from Rothley, Leics, were made official suspects last September but have never been arrested or charged and vigorously deny any wrongdoing.

Such are the facts.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: “Madeleine McCann: evidence against parents to be revealed
Facts:

The McCanns, both 40-year-old doctors from Rothley, Leics, were made official suspects last September but have never been arrested or charged and vigorously deny any wrongdoing.

Is the Telegraph reading the Mail, or vice versa?

THE TIMES: Kate and Gerry McCann to be told why police made them suspects in disappearance of Maddy

The announcement came as Mr and Mrs McCann embarked on a series of meetings with MEPs in Strasbourg in a renewed effort to secure backing for a Europe-wide child abduction alert system.

The couple have until July 24 – the close of the plenary session – to collect the signatures needed to ensure that their proposal, in the form of a written declaration, is sent to the EU President and published.

They have chalked up 225 signatures so far, leaving them another 168 to collect.

Mr McCann said: “This is an important issue and Europe needs to work together. We want to get as many signatures as possible but there’s limited time left.”

DAILY RECORD: “Dolina Cops Find Grave In Woods”

POLICE searching for missing OAP Dolina Maclean yesterday found a shallow grave in woods. The grim discovery was made in a dense pine forest near the village of Dunning in Perthshire.

Forensic experts, including officers who worked on the Madeleine McCann and Moira Jones cases, spent the day combing the area for evidence.

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